About this event

  • Date and time Thu 11 Apr 2024 from 6:00pm to 8:15pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Public Engagement Programme

We are pleased to invite you to the 2024 Dangoor Lecture by Dr Hilary Jones MBE on the fascinating intersection of medicine and the media.

Dr Hilary Jones, a familiar face in the world of health journalism and television, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this engaging talk. With a distinguished career in both medicine and the media, Dr Jones has played a pivotal role in bridging the gap between these two dynamic fields. 

Dr Jones will delve into the intricate relationship between medicine and the media, exploring how information is disseminated, interpreted, and sometimes misunderstood by the public. Drawing from his vast experience as a trusted medical advisor on various television programmes on ITV, Dr Jones will discuss the challenges and responsibilities that come with communicating complex medical topics to diverse audiences. 

By attending, you will:

  • Gain valuable insights into the impact of media coverage on public health perceptions 
  • Understand the role of medical experts in shaping narratives, and the challenges of maintaining accuracy and balance in health reporting.  
  • Experience a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on the evolving landscape of medicine in the media

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Key speakers

Dr Hilary Jones

Dr Hilary Jones MBE

General Practitioner, Media Doctor, Medical Broadcaster

Speaker's biography

After qualifying as a medical doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in 1976, Dr Hilary Jones became the sole medical officer on Tristan da Cunha. Upon his return to the UK, he practiced as a junior doctor at Basingstoke Hospital before establishing himself as a Principal General Practitioner (GP) in the Basingstoke area in 1982. His career in television commenced in 1989 when he assumed the role of the TV-am doctor. He continued to be a regular feature on GMTV and later joined Good Morning Britain in 2014 as the Health Editor. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, his role became increasingly crucial, providing valuable insights on medical issues.


Beyond television, Dr Jones has maintained a significant radio presence on Steve Wright's BBC Radio 2 programme since 2000, where he discusses various medical matters. His online engagement includes serving as a medical adviser for HealthExpress and hosting live 'Twitter Clinics.' As a prolific author, he has penned bestsellers such as "A Day In Your Life" (2009) and the recent "Frontline" (2021).


In addition to his professional pursuits, Dr Jones is a dedicated patron of charities like The Meningitis Research Foundation and actively serves as a spokesperson for the School and Nursery Milk Alliance since 2016. Dr Hilary Jones epitomises the integration of medical expertise, media influence, and philanthropy in a career spanning over four decades. As of 2010, he continues to contribute part-time as a GP for the NHS.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor Roger Kirby, President, Royal Society of Medicine

Medicine and the media

Dr Hilary Jones MBE, General Practitioner, Media Broadcaster

Questions and answers
Vote of thanks

Mr David Dangoor

Close of meeting
Drinks reception

All welcome


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close on 10 April at 1:00am (BST). Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

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This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.